Orach ‘Tricolour Plumes’

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Orach ‘Tricolour Plumes’

Atriplex hortensis

The perfect backdrop for late Summer and Autumn, filling your garden with statuesque plumes, in shades of Green, Copper and Red.

Grown for the seeded stems rather than the flowers, Orach makes a dramatic display in the garden during late Summer and Autumn.

Also known as ‘Mountain Spinach’ or ‘French Spinach’, Orach is edible so a good, safe option mixed with Dahlias and Amaranthus (also edible) for use on, or above tables, at functions and events.

How to grow:

Start seeds in Spring or direct sow after the last frost. Cover with a light sprinkle of compost.

Seeds should germinate within 1-2 weeks. If you find that seeds are being a little stubborn a little warmth will help things along, 20-22°C is ideal.

Orach will self seed freely (don’t compost seed heads if you wish to avoid this).

Plant 22-30 cm apart in early Summer.

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Variety:  Atriplex hortensis
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full Sun
Sow: Spring
Height: 100-180cm
Harvest: July onwards
Seeds per packet: 100 (Approx. counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

Pick when seed heads have emerged, stems will feel firmer to the touch. Younger stems can be picked but they will benefit from searing to prevent wilting. Plunge the cut ends in 2 inches of boiling water just for a few seconds, angle stems away from the steam. Place stems immediately in deep cool water for a few hours to rest before arranging. Click for more detailed information on conditioning. You can also dry stems to use almost indefinitely.